Spotify streaming royalties are garbage. Let’s all admit it.
How bad is it? How much does Spotify pay per stream?
Slightly more than half a penny.
But Spotify is the place to be nowadays. It lets fans find you, and the more fans who find you, the more Spotify will recommend your music.
So how do you get more Spotify plays?
Before we talk about that, let’s talk about why Spotify is perfectly okay to use, as a musician and as a listener.
Updated December 1, 2019
Why I Don’t Hate Spotify Even Though Their Compensation Is Garbage
I have no problem with Spotify as a music listener because if a musician’s music is on there, that’s their (or their record label’s) choice.
That tells me they’re cool with it, or have an agreement with a record label that’s cool with it.
And it’s also a superb tool for discovering new music.
And I have no problem with Spotify as a musician because all of my music is already on Soundcloud and Bandcamp — streaming websites that don’t pay anything.
The idea of these sites is that letting fans listen to all your music completely will help win them over.
And then they’ll buy your music and merch, come to your shows, and/or support you on Patreon or PayPal.
So why not Spotify?
It’s is a third medium for you to do this, to allow fans to stream your music in its entirety in hopes of winning them over.
Except Spotify pays you — very little, but it’s still cyber change in your proverbial pocket.
Half a penny per stream is better than $0 per stream. And I want to be where my fans are so they can enjoy my music.
If your music isn’t on Spotify, it’s going to be very hard to reach enough people to succeed as a musician.
So with that in mind, here are four things you can do today to get more plays on Spotify…
Make Great Music
This one is a no-brainer.
Your music has to be listenable and re-listenable. Because, you know, if no one streams your music on Spotify, you won’t do so well.
This step can take years. But here are some quick tips on how to get started:
- Keep trying to get better at songwriting
- Hang out with musicians who are better than you so they inspire you to improve
- Master your instrument
- Get some decent recording equipment
- Avoid common beginner producer mistakes
- Hire a professional to mix/master your music, or learn to do it yourself
- Master your music with automated mastering services like eMastered or LANDR, or hire a mastering engineer
Be great so people can’t not listen to your music.
Getting verified on Spotify (i.e. getting the blue checkmark next to your name) shows your fans that this is your official artist profile.
Once you’re verified, you’ll be able to change your artist image whenever, post playlists to your profile, and make “Artist’s Picks” that show at the top of your profile.
And it’s not difficult to get verified.
All you need to do is access Spotify for Artists and claim your profile. Once you do that, you’ll be verified.
Ask Your Fans For Help
Ask your fans to save your music in their Spotify libraries. Ask them to follow you. Even ask them to put your songs on their custom playlists.
All of these things factor into Spotify’s algorithm.
It sees how many people are saving your music, following you, and how many playlists your songs are on and can start recommending your music to listeners.
This means more plays. More exposure. More pocket change.
Submit Your Music To Spotify Playlists
There are many ways to submit your music to Spotify playlist curators.
And you should be doing this because getting on a playlist with lots of engaged listeners can do wonders for your DIY music career.
Here are a few ways to get your music in the ears of those playlist people:
- Submit directly to Spotify’s official playlists through your Spotify for Artists account
- Contact playlist curators yourself — a great place to do this is Soundplate
- Get featured on music blogs (you can submit directly to the blog or use SubmitHub, although you should read this review of it first)
- Hire a Playlist Plugger, someone whose only job is to pitch your music to playlist curators
Other Ways To Get Your Music On Spotify Playlists
Here are a few resources for you to check out on how to get your music on playlists. These are super helpful articles from people and companies I trust:
Getting Your Songs on Spotify Playlists — CD Baby
How To Get Music In Spotify Playlists — Digital Music News
It takes a bit of work, but you can totally get more plays on Spotify.